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through heat of South Africa as well as directly to

Fleet Testing the locations of our customers. FEV also offers the
possibility of direct collaboration in durability testing
using customer-approved test routes for specific
Fleet testing is a simultaneous assessment of robust- programs.
ness, emission system deterioration, and a represen-
tation of real life mileage accumulation. FEV drivers operate vehicles around-the-clock. We
provide on-call technicians and engineers to support
The tightening of European emission control legisla- the activities. The scope of service includes schedu-
tion to meet the 160,000 km mileage requirements ling, management, evaluation, accompanying docu-
demands a high-quality and well-structured check mentation, troubleshooting and analysis as well as
of conformity with real life vehicle durability testing. providing inputs to the development process in the
The key to success with this issue is providing a close form of suggestions for improvement. The integration
collaboration between the durability team and the of the durability team into the FEV vehicle application
technical specialists. competence center ensures the availability of expert

Hot Testtrack Nardo City/Highway & Overland Sweden Cold-Test


Fig. 1: Fleet Testing Europe knowledge to the vehicle program and enables FEV
to provide a complete set of services for durability
FEV has been successfully performing vehicle durabi- testing. This all-inclusive durability testing package
lity projects (s. fig. 1) for nearly all of the worldwide also includes an emission dynamometer to complete
OEMs for more than 11 years, which provides our cyclic emission tests (SULEV standard); a chemistry
customers with a level of confidence that their goals laboratory, as well as a large workshop and highly-
will be achieved. FEV provides a specially trained and skilled workforce.
experienced driver pool that has operated test vehicles
for more than 22 million accident-free kilometers. The juelich@fev.de
members of this team follow a driver’s profile, which
was specially developed for these tasks. The profiles * In addition, view the report in Spectrum No. 34
are specific with regard to the handling of experi- (Application in USA and China)
mental vehicles as well as all technology and safety
aspects. Testing programs are conducted using a
managed fleet involving vehicle operation on a group
of defined worldwide test routes, ensuring statistical-
ly valid durability results. FEV drivers operate these
managed fleet vehicles through Scandinavian win-
ters, into the heights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains,